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President Obama will give his first solo press conference in three months on Tuesday, a day that just so happens to coincide with the GOP's Super Tuesday nominating contests that will likely go a long away in deciding who faces off with the president in November.
The White House made the announcement Monday via Twitter, with no explanation of the reasoning behind the decision. But the move was widely seen as a bit of PR gamesmanship by the White House press team, and a not-so-subtle attempt to steal some of the Republican's thunder.
Of course, with the GOP campaign season dominating much of the political news cycle, the president would have been hard-pressed to find a day that didn't overlap somewhat with the nominating schedule. Nonetheless, he opted to call his first full press conference of 2012 on a day when 10 states will hand out roughly a fifth of all GOP delegates and one that has been eagerly anticipated by political pundits and candidates alike.
Obama's last full news conference came back in November during the APEC summit in Hawaii, the Associated Press reports. Likely topics this time around include: the GOP nominating battle, the state of the U.S. economy and any number of foreign affairs issues, including the Russian elections, ongoing Syrian violence, and Iran's nuclear ambitions, notes ABC News.